How School Diners works…
1 I come and visit the students to introduce myself, tell them a little about me, how I grew up in the care system and foster homes and how that has moulded my life, how I have used that to enable me to be who I am now. But mostly I am there to find out more about them. I then introduce the School Diners project; open a restaurant in their school in 6 weeks.
2 Together we will create a business, designing and opening a pop up restaurant for one night in their school canteen. They will invite 80-100 guests, for a three course meal.The students will learn how to contact guests, advertise, design the room, work out the costs etc. There will also be a series of videos from myself to guide them throughout the process, they are designed to be used as practical conversation starters, to get the creativity flowing.
3 On the day, the students will prepare, cook and serve all of the food to our guests, in return the guests will only pay what they truly believe the food and service quality was worth. The students will then be given the opportunity to decide how best to use their profit. Its a full on day, peeling, chopping and cooking, followed up by serving and washing up, but the rewards are great too.
Without giving too much away, Mark is one of very few people who can speak to a group of students and truly claim that not one of them has been through anything like the turmoil he has suffered. He is an inspirational speaker and a motivator who will be able to connect with even the hardest to reach students. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough and can’t wait to work with him on further projects.Chris Edwards, Head Teacher, Brighton Hill Community School
Leaders have been creative in their design of activities to re-engage pupils and develop their sense of belonging, including a “Bread Baking Weekend” and “Bush Craft Survival”. Consequently, overall attendance has steadily improved year on year and vulnerable pupils are attending school more regularly.OFSTED report 2017